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PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT
A ticket to appear under the POA:
Traffic Tickets In general, a “traffic ticket” falls under two categories. For minor offences, there will be a set fine for the ticket. For more serious offences, the ticket will be in the form of a summons which will require you to attend court where your guilt or innocence will be determined and penalties will be imposed.
Parking tickets are different. There are no demerit points added to your driving record. If you do not pay the set fine, you will not be able to renew your vehicle permit (licence plate). Your fine will be referred to a collection agent and the information will be sent to a credit bureau if you fail to pay on time. If you paid the fine within the required time frame (15 days), there is almost no other consequence.
When you receive a traffic ticket, some of the following options may be available to you:
You could do nothing, which is not recommended because once you are convicted, even in your absence, and fail to pay a fine within the set time, this will cause further consequences, i.e. affecting our credit, your licence plates and your driver’s licence. You can pay the set fine without going to court, which admits that you are guilty of the offence. You can go to court, enter a guilty plea with submission to request a reduced penalty. You can go to court and plead not guilty and fight the charge, either to something lower or a full trial.
Before you pay the set fine or decide to plead guilty in court, you should always consider the following consequences: Demerit points Insurance premiums Licence suspension Vehicle impoundment Fines Imprisonment Civil liability
Even though you will not get a criminal record for a provincial offence, such as a traffic ticket, it is always advisable to fight the charge because the conviction will remain on your driving record and you will not be pardoned for those convictions. These will remain on your record forever! Contact us today to find out more...
- Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33
ans, in respect of a proceeding to which this Act applies, a person authorized under the Law Society Act to represent a person in that proceeding; (“représentant”)
“set fine” means the amount of fine set by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice for an offence for the purpose of proceedings commenced under Part I or II. (“amende fixée”) R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, s. 1 (1); 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 13 (6); 2002, c. 18, Sched. A, s. 15 (6); 2006, c. 21, Sched. C, s. 131 (1, 2); 2009, c. 33, Sched. 4, s. 1 (1); 2015, c. 27, Sched. 1, s. 3 (1).
(2) Repealed: 2002, c. 17, Sched. F, Table.
(3) A minister of the Crown may designate in writing any person or class of persons as a provincial offences officer for the purposes of all or any class of offences. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, s. 1 (3).
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Know Your Court
- The Ontario Court of Justice hears virtually all provincial offence matters as well as offences against municipal by-laws. Examples of such cases include:
- Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or traffic violations;
- Municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal;
- Charges laid under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.
- The tribunals of the SJTO are: Child and Family Services Review Board, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Custody Review Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord and Tenant Board, Ontario Special Education (English) Tribunal, Ontario Special Education (French) Tribunal and Social Benefits Tribunal.